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Minister Macfarlane seeks views on improving the VET system

Monday, March 3 2014

ACPET is pleased to see that the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, the Minister of Industry and his department are keen to hear directly from the VET sector about the issues we are facing. This includes looking for ways to free up high performing VET providers from unnecessary layers of red tape and improving the effectiveness of the VET system.

Minister Macfarlane convened a VET reform roundtable in January 2014 with peak industry and training sector representatives to discuss their views on how the VET sector is working. ACPET CEO, Claire Field and National Chair, Martin Cass attended this roundtable.  Following this, the Department of Industry hosted a small number of representatives from the VET sector and industry at stakeholder engagement workshops. The purpose of these workshops was to hold initial discussions about how the VET system is operating and opportunities for future reform.  A summary of some of the key issues raised at the workshops is available on the VET Reform website.

The next step in the consultation process will see workshops convened in each of the other capital cities throughout March 2014, more information on when and where these workshops will be held and how to register is available on the Department of Industry website.

ACPET meets regularly with staff in both the Minister's office and his department but I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to put forward your views directly to Government by registering and attending a consultation session.

Total VET Activity data reporting requirements

Time is running out for members to take advantage of the 12-month implementation grace period for 'Total VET Activity' data collection and reporting requirements. 

All ACPET RTO members should ensure that they are either:

  • collecting data in accordance with the new Data Provision Requirements of the VET Quality Framework and the Australian Quality Training Framework, or
  • -seeking or obtained an exemption from ASQA, the VRQA or TAC relating to reporting 2014 data. Request for exemptions must be completed and submitted by 31 March 2014.

The NSSC information sheet developed in mid-2013 provides details of the reporting requirements, transition and exemption arrangements.

A notification form regarding exemption from data provision with the regulator is available on the ASQA website.
Members registered by TAC or the VRQA should check exemption request requirements directly with the regulator.


Ben Vivekanandan
General Manager Policy and Research


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